The NOAA Climate Program Office’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program organized the Drought Task Force III (DTF III) to coordinate the activities of researchers supported through the MAPP/NIDIS Fiscal Year 2017 grant competition "Advancing drought understanding, monitoring and prediction." The goal of this research initiative was to advance the understanding of drought causes and predictability as well as drought modeling, prediction, and monitoring capabilities. This initiative builds on two previous MAPP Drought Task Force efforts (DTF I, DTF II), and decades of preceding research on drought, hydroclimate, and related modeling.
The core membership of the Task Force was composed of MAPP/NIDIS-funded investigators from universities, NOAA, and other federal centers and laboratories. Membership in the Task Force also included invited scientists and other individuals from across the community with interest and expertise in Drought Task Force research areas.
The Drought Task Force III leads were:
- Christa Peters-Lidard (Lead), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Pierre Gentine (Co-Lead), Columbia University
- Michael Barlage (Co-Lead), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
- Dennis Lettenmaier (Co-Lead), University of California Los Angeles
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